Disappointment is probably the biggest risk when you are renting any sort of vacation home, apartment, condo, or cottage. Quite simply, it is not getting exactly what you have paid for. You often pay for your vacation rentals upfront and in full before you even have a chance to see the home. To add to that, many vacation rentals have no provision for refunds after you arrive. You have a great deal of money at stake when it comes to renting a vacation home.What you want to look out for when renting a vacation home is misrepresentation of property, and the old bait and switch.
Anyone who is renting out their properties wants to rent them as often as possible so they can make as much money as possible. One way a vacation rental owner can do that is by stretching the truth when listing and describing the property to make it sound and look better than it actually is. It is similar to padding your resume when you are going to your first job at 16. A 10-minute drive to the beach can become “easy access to the beach.” Shabby or run down magically becomes “charming.” The bus that comes three times a day becomes “great access to public transport.” “Sleeps six” might even mean four beds, a couch, and a cot.
On rare occasion you run into people who pull the bait and switch. These dishonest rental agencies and owners will get you out to your location only to “inform” you that the apartment or house you have rented is being repaired. They then offer you a run down, out of the way location that is not what you paid for. Nor is it anywhere close to where you wanted to be.
There is nothing anyone can do to guarantee that you will not be disappointed, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something you can do. Don’t tolerate a bad rental. If you believe the property was misrepresented, take action as soon as you see the problem. Call the rental agency wherever it might be and ask for immediate correction or refund. In foreign countries, immediately explore your rights as a consumer in the local jurisdiction.
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